Monday, April 2, 2012

Remembering: The Falklands War

The Falkland Islands have a history of being traded back and forth between nations. Or they did until 1833, when the British took control of them from Argentina.

Since then the two countries have regularly had words of dispute over them again. In 1981, the Falklanders held a referendum and voted to stay British.

Then on April 2, 1982, Argentina invaded and occupied the British commonwealth of the Falkland Island and South Georgia, which comprise The Falkland Islands. The British public was outraged, and demanded action.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government was quick to respond, and after seventy-four days the Falklands War ended with the Argentinians surrender on June 14, 1982. Six hundred forty-nine Argentine military personnel, two hundred fifty-five British military personnel and three Falkland Islanders died over the duration of the conflict.

Thatcher's government would rise further and stronger because of their success. While the Argentinian government would be toppled because of it's failure to win the war.